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    Wittgenstein suggested that considering the context in which a word or sentence is used may help show the limitations of some ways of setting up a philosophical problem. In this article, I explore the role this suggestion may have in moral reflection, through a consideration of a literary example taken from Jeanette Winterson’s novel, Written on the Body. Using the example to elucidate ways of speaking in love that seem to embody an important truth and ways of acting and thinking that appear to …Read more
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    ‘Speak to us of love’: Some Difficulties in the Philosophical and Scientific Study of Love
    In Joel Backström, Hannes Nykänen, Niklas Toivakainen & Thomas Wallgren (eds.), Moral Foundations of Philosophy of Mind, Springer Verlag. pp. 203-227. 2019.
    How may science, philosophy and poetry aid us in our search for an understanding of the concept of love? By drawing on different attempts to articulate Wittgenstein’s notion that philosophizing about a concept is a matter of bringing it back to its natural home, the lives we live in language, this chapter presses what this may mean when the language we want to find the home for is the language of love. Is it a pre-requisite of such an investigation that it also speaks to us of love? What other e…Read more
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    The difficulty of thinking Listening to the voices of students in early childhood education
    with Birgit Schaffar and Marina Lundkvist
    Journal of Philosophy in Schools 7 (1): 68. 2020.
    This paper addresses the question of how to conceptualise the kind of difficulties students in early childhood education encountered in articulating their thoughts and in listening to others in the initial stages of a CoI. With examples from their course diaries, we illustrate what sense it makes to consider the thinking the CoI promotes as centrally embodied, extended, embedded and enacted. We consider their difficulties, not as external obstacles to expressing their thought, but as difficultie…Read more
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    New Critical Thinking: What Wittgenstein Offered, by Sean Wilson
    Nordic Wittgenstein Review 8 (1-2): 248-252. 2019.
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    Are there reasons for loving? How can I promise to love someone? Is there such a thing as unconditional love? Am I responsible for loving or for failing to love someone? Can there be love without idealization? This work sets out to show that many of the questions we raise when philosophizing about love are expressive of confusions about what we talk about when we talk about love. Addressing questions pertaining to philosophical discussions about emotions, personal identity and the meaning of lan…Read more
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    A Personal Love of the Good
    Philosophia 47 (4): 977-994. 2019.
    In order to articulate an account of erotic love that does not attempt to transcend its personal features, Robert Solomon and Martha Nussbaum lean on the speeches by Aristophanes and Alcibiades in Plato’s Symposium. This leads them to downplay the sense in which love is not only for another person, but also for the good. Drawing on a distinction between relative and absolute senses of speaking about the good, I mediate between two features of love that at first may seem irreconcilable. The first…Read more
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    A Passion for Life: Love and Meaning
    Nordic Wittgenstein Review 6 (1): 31-51. 2017.
    Does one’s love for a particular person, when it is pure, also constitute a love of life? The significance of speaking about leading a passionate life, I submit, is found in the spontaneous, embodied character of opening up to and finding meaning in one’s life rather than in heightened fleeting feelings or experiences of meaning that help one forget life’s meaninglessness. I contrast this view with Simone Weil’s suspicion that our passionate attachment to another person is an obstacle to attendi…Read more
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    The most beautiful girl in the world
    Think 3 (9): 33-38. 2005.
    What does a lover mean when he says, ‘You're the most beautiful girl in the world’?
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    Emotions and Understanding: Wittgensteinian Perspectives (edited book)
    with Ylva Gustafsson and Michael McEachrane
    Palgrave-Macmillan. 2009.
    This unique collection of articles on emotion by Wittgensteinian philosophers provides a fresh perspective on the questions framing the current philosophical and scientific debates about emotions and offers significant insights into the role of emotions for understanding interpersonal relations and the relation between emotion and ethics
  • Our struggles with reality
    In Ylva Gustafsson, Camilla Kronqvist & Michael McEachrane (eds.), Emotions and Understanding: Wittgensteinian Perspectives, Palgrave-macmillan. 2009.
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    How Ordinary Is the Language of Love?
    In Annalisa Coliva, Volker Munz & Danièle Moyal-Sharrock (eds.), Mind, Language and Action: Proceedings of the 36th International Wittgenstein Symposium, De Gruyter. pp. 255-270. 2015.
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    Lost and Found: Selfhood and Subjectivity in Love
    Philosophical Investigations 35 (3-4): 205-223. 2012.
    Sartre's conception of bad faith suggests that every desire to be someone in love is self-deceptive in the attempt to define my factual being. Departing from İlham Dilman's discussion of personal identity, I argue that this view on selfhood is inattentive to the kind of personal and moral reflection inherent in asking who I am. There is a temptation in love to deceive myself and you by renouncing responsibility. Yet the concept also embodies demands that allow me to continuously shape myself int…Read more
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    The Promise That Love Will Last
    Inquiry: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Philosophy 54 (6). 2011.
    Abstract What sense are we to make of the promise of love against the contingency of human life? I discuss two replies to this question: (1) the suggestion that marriage, based on the probable success of this kind of relationship, is a more or less worthwhile endeavour (cf. Moller and Landau), and (2) Martha Nussbaum's Aristotelian proposal that we only live life fully if we embrace aspects of life, such as loving relationships, that are vulnerable to fortune. I show that both responses, in diff…Read more